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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 1w ago

Berry picking season is upon us, and so is a major heatwave!

I have the easiest way to beat the heat, while using those freshly picked berries!

Let’s face it, once you’ve made pie, jam and inhaled some with a bit of whipped cream…. there’s alway strawberries left over!

Anything that combines the fresh taste of summer while keeping you cool is a win for me!

(Bonus for the fact that these are super healthy! So they’re great for the kids too!)

Give these a try and enjoy the perfect summer treat!

  • 1 lb fresh berries (you can use frozen as well)
  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine berries and sugar. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour your purée into a ziplock bag and cut the tip, or use a piping bag.
  3. Layer your yogurt and purée into a popsicle mold, alternating each as you fill the mold up.
  4. Place in freezer. Freeze a minimum of 4 hours or over night.

Enjoy!

xo, Fran

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As a parent, finding snacks for the kids that are healthy but still taste awesome, can be a huge challenge!

So when I tried out Three Farmers delicious snacks and oils I was seriously impressed!

The company began when a trio of neighbouring Saskatchewan farmers came together with one collective goal! To grow and distribute sustainable, traceable, high quality pulse products.

These products are all grown and made in Canada. Every product has its own code, which allows it to be traced back to it’s source!

They’re nut free, so they’re perfectly safe for school snacks.

Their roasted chickpeas pack a serious crunch and are loaded with flavour! Plus they have huge health benefits!

  • Source of omega 3 polyunsaturates
  • Source of iron, phosphorus, copper and zinc
  • High in magnesium
  • Rich in thiamine and manganese

They also come in a variety of flavours, including: barbecue, balsamic cracked pepper, lightly salted, maple cinnamon and sea salt and lime.

The Pea Pops are a must try!

They’re like nothing I’ve tried before. These roasted, never fried green peas are addicting! I dare you not to finish off a whole bag!

They have all the flavour of a bag of chips without the junk food! These pea pods have many healthy benefits too! You won’t believe you’re eating healthy!

  • Source of potassium
  • High source of fibre
  • Source of iron
  • Excellent source of phosphorus

You need to try all of the flavour varieties: wild ranch, lightly salted, sriracha slap, dill pickle pow!

Their cold pressed Camelina oil

Has a light nutty, earthy tone. It’s perfect in salads, dips, dressings and marinades. It’s also great when using it in a stir fry, sautéing and roasting your favourite foods!

It’s literally, your omega-3 supplement, cooking and salad oil all wrapped into one!

It’s free of toxins, and also a source of vitamin E .

I was inspired by the Three farmers story and decided to put a rustic spin on a classic mixed greens salad. Using their cold pressed camelina oil, along with some other fresh ingredients to create a refreshing light herb dressing. Which is perfect for any summer salad! Topped with some balsamic and cracked pepper roasted chickpeas for that added crunch and flavour burst! It’s a match made in heaven!

Try it out and see for yourself!

  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Camelina oil
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients into a food processor, and blend until we’ll combined.

To learn even more about their story head over to Three Farmers ! There you’ll find more product information and recipe inspiration!

Also, make sure to never miss the latest updates by following along with the on their Instagram page

Keeping the kids fed is becoming a never ending battle around here, they are seriously little bottomless pits!

Knowing I’ve got a healthy option that they love, is a huge help!

xo,

Fran

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 4M ago

So for the first time in 33 years I FINALLY own a waffle maker!

Now, I literally want to make everything into waffles!!

I started off with plain old waffles, then cake mix waffles and NOW!!

Cheesy hash brown waffles!!

These delicious beauties are crunchy and cheesy.

They’re perfect topped with chives and sour cream or with a fried egg! They are great for any meal of the day, but definitely perfect for breakfast or brunch!

You can whip these up super quick and I promise they’ll be a hit!

Join my waffle obsession, and make these this weekend!

  • 2 Cups of shredded potatoes (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup fresh chopped chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste

If using fresh potatoes, place shredded potatoes in a paper towel an squeeze out extra moisture. This will prevent your waffle from being soggy!

  1. In a large bowl whisk together your eggs and milk.
  2. Add in your potatoes, cheese, chives salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Place about a Cup of the mixture in your greased waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  4. Too with extra chives, sour cream or a fried egg and enjoy!

No if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go turn more foods into waffles…… lol!

But seriously I am…

Enjoy

Fran

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 4M ago

Let’s face it, I’m always down to try anything that makes my life easier!

With two kids and a dog, I’m constantly sweeping, mopping and vacuuming!

Our house actually has 3 different types of flooring on the main floor alone. Ceramic, linoleum and laminate. So somethings work well at cleaning some floors, but not others. Which usually means more than one tool for the job!

When I discovered bObsweep I was super intrigued. They have so many options to fit everyone’s price point and lifestyle. I had heard so much about robot vacuums, but had my doubts!

I decided to give one a try and here’s what happened!

Our bObi pet arrived to our door along with many replacement parts like replacement brushes, HEPA filter, a blOck (I’ll let you know more about this later!) a charging station and a remote control! Also of course the instruction manual, which made figuring out where everything went a breeze!

After a quick charge, I wasted no time setting everything up and giving it a try!

First of all I want to say, my dog Pearl is afraid of EVERYTHING! Not even exaggerating, any loud noise sends her hiding under the bed and shaking!

When I turned the bObi pet on I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t loud at all! Pearl actually watched from a distance, relaxing in her little bed calmly!

I’d say bObi made a good first impression!

So it set off cleaning!

I discovered it has two speed setting. Also two cleaning modes!

  • GO! Is it’s default setting and it will use its programming to clean your whole floor!
  • WAFFLE is perfect for small spills. In this mode bObi will focus on an area of about 10 square feet, for about 3 minutes.

There’s also

JUICE where, get this!! Your bObi will stop cleaning and return itself to its charging station!!! Yes!

Return it’s self!

So awesome!

All of these settings are on the vacuum itself and can also be controlled on its remote! Again!!! How cool is that!

It fits under couches, coffee tables and ottomans! So no more heavy lifting!

Also on the remote, you can schedule your bObi to clean at certain times and days, like while you’re at work or even asleep!

I know your not supposed to have a favourite child, but “bObette” as I call her, is quickly making that hard for me!

Our bObi cleaned every flooring type including our rugs like a breeze!

The blOck is perfect for keeping your vacuum out of certain areas!

It actually creates a digital barrier that bObi will not cross!! Perfect for when I need to clean up, but the kids are still playing with their toys!

I now have the cleanest floors in town… Maybe…. probably….

All thanks to my bObi

I run it every morning, to take care to the crumbs that always find their way onto the floor after breakfast, and the dirt that the dog tracks in from the yard!

My floors get cleaned, while I lounge on my couch, and get some extra time to relax before the chaos of the day!

Just incase you think I do nothing now… I’d like to inform you that I sometimes get up and point the vacuum towards messes with the remote control…. So there! Lol!

All in all I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!!

Wether it’s pet hair, crumbs, dust or small spills, bObette has me covered!

If loving a robot is wrong then, I don’t want to be right!

Check bObsweep out for yourself and find the perfect vacuum that fits your life…

You can thank me later!

xo,

Fran

( I was given this product for the purpose of review. As always my opinions are my own and true!)

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February 9th is #NationalBagelDay and who doesn’t love the classic cream cheese on a bagel

Who doesn’t love this classic for breakfast, lunch…. or lets be honest it makes a great quick dinner too!

What better way to celebrate this day than with our self serve “bagel bar!”

The kids love being able to make their own breakfast and choose their own toppings. I love that they can do it themselves … for the most part at least!

Also, let’s keep it real, whenever I can actually eat my own breakfast while it’s still warm, it’s definitely a momwin!

While we always make sure to have the traditional smoked salmon with all the trimmings… the kids usually aren’t the biggest fans!

One thing they can never resist is my cinnamon – honey crunch cream cheese! It tastes like a dessert but is perfectly acceptable for breakfast! I like to use Arla Lactose Free Cream Cheese.

This cream cheese is so smooth and creamy! It makes it easy and spreadable for even the littlest hands!

I also love that it’s only made with 5 ingredients that are 100% all natural! Even though it’s Lactose free, you still get all the nutritional benefits without the lactose!

Growing up with family members that are lactose intolerant, we always struggled to find quality and delicious foods that everyone could enjoy without sacrificing taste.

With this, there’s no sacrifice and all delicious rich flavour!

Celebrate this delicious month with this yummy recipe! I guarantee it will turn into a breakfast favourite!

Cinnamon- Honey Crunch cream cheese

  • 2 (200 g) containers of Arla Lactose Free Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp crushed walnuts
  1. In a medium bowl mix all your ingredients together, until well blended.
  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes to firm up.

Serve immediately on your favourite flavour of bagels… or just eat it right out of the container, like I may or may not have…

Enjoy!

Fran

**This post was sponsored by Arla cheese. As always the opinions expressed are my own and true.**

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 6M ago

During Frankie’s first year of school we we all had a turn making the class play dough.

It just so happened, our turn was the week of Valentine’s Day. So of course we made ours pink and shaped it onto a heart!

Well, that first year turned into a little bit of a tradition in our house.

So each year we whip up a batch of this super easy dough and I think it’s something we both look forward to!

So here’s the super easy recipe, Frankie’s teacher shared with me. Now it’s all yours!

Mix up some with your little Valentine this weekend!

  • A few drops of food colouring (colour of your choice)
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  1. Combine all dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients.
  2. Mix with a spoon. It will seem very sticky at first, but will be perfect once cooled!
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour, knead until smooth. This

Store in a plastic container or ziplock bag.

xo,

Fran

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 6M ago

So, Cake mix “hacks” have been some of my favourites lately! They’re so great when you need a quick dessert with minimal effort!

The possibilities are endless!

Of course when you can whip up a dessert that’s delicious, quick AND can sneak some veggies into your kiddies tummies, without a fight…. talk about a major win!

Give this super chocolatey moist zucchini bread a try! I promise it will be a new go to dessert!

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 large, or 2 medium zucchini’s shredded

Preheat oven to 350, and grease a loaf pan

  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, cinnamon, milk, oil and eggs until well combined. With no lumps.
  2. Add zucchini and mix well.
  3. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

The kids had no idea they were eating zucchini and literally Inhaled their slices!

Give it a try today!

Enjoy,

Fran

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 6M ago

Around here, having something to snack on is a must!

These nuts are so easy to whip up, you’ll always want to have them on hand!

They’re amazing on their own, but also perfect for topping your Ice cream , cupcakes or cakes!

They are definitely versatile, if you can keep them around long enough!

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 lb of walnuts
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 300, grease a large baking pan

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together your egg white, water and vanilla.
  2. Add in your nuts, mixing until well coated.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the: sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add into your nut mixture. Mixing well.
  4. Spread your mixture on the baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, mixing once half way through.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool before serving!

Enjoy!

Fran

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 6M ago

These little “muffins” are perfect for so many uses!

A great dinner side dish, perfect for school lunches and even good appetizer for a party!

You can go for the classic mac and cheese or add in something extra to give them a new twist!

All of these options are hits in our house! (Some have even made eating veggies easier!)

  • bacon (precooked) and jalapeno (as pictured above)
  • ham
  • broccoli
  • pepperoni
  • peas

The possibilities and combinations are endless!

  • 2 1/2 Cups elbow macaroni
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Cup milk
  • 2 1/2 Cups cheddar cheese

Preheat 375, grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

  1.  Cook your macaroni in a large pot of boiling water, for approx 8 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pan on medium heat. Melt your butter. Once melted add your mustard, flour, salt and pepper. Whisk well for 1 min until lumps are gone.
  3. Gradually add your milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and stir until thickened and smooth. (approx 3-4 min) Then remove from heat.
  4. Add 2 Cups of your cheese to the mixture, and stir until completely melted.
  5. Drain your macaroni and return to the pot. Pour your cheese sauce over the pasta. (This is when you would add your special add on)
  6. Mix well, until completely coated.
  7. Divide your pasta evenly among your muffin cups and top with the extra cheese.
  8. Bake for 20 mins.
  9. Let stand for at least 15 mins, before removing from pan.

Enjoy,

Fran


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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 8M ago

So, Yes….

You’ve probably figured out, we are a family that “does” elf on the shelf. We started with one elf “Rupert” but, when Frankie got a little sister… so did he! So we welcomed “Ruby” to the family as well!

Honestly I love this tradition!

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand why some parents hate it! I’ve had many nights where, I’ve shot up out of bed…. almost out cold because I forgot to move the damn elves!!!!

For the most part, it’s full of fun! The kids love waking up to see what their little friends are up to! While the number of elves may have changed, the one thing that hasn’t is our celebration for their arrival!

No matter when December starts, our elves always arrive the Sunday after. It’s the only day we’re usually all together, and traditionally eat breakfast together!

So, The story goes…..

The elves are the ones who bring us delicious treats to kick off all the fun we’ll have together in the coming weeks! As far as the kids know at least…..

Truth be told, I’ve been scouring the dollar store for decor and reached out to Michelle at Cupcakes and Studmuffins to create some super fun treats and she did not let me down!

She dreamed up these amazing cookies, mini donuts and my personal favourite pop tarts!! They taste as good as they look, and are seriously even more adorable in person!

Of course with elves, come many sweet treats! So there was plenty of chocolates and candy!

I found these adorable Santa and reindeer paper cups by chance, and had to grab them too! Everything was served on the holiday serve ware from Kitchen Stuff Plus holiday collection !

All in all, It was a great morning….. despite the sugar high from the kids that followed! It’s our way of making the holiday season even more fun and it makes the wait until the big night a little more bearable!

Because, lets be honest!

The big guy in red, will be here before we know it!

xo,

Fran


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